Upcoming walks and events
Burridge Heath, Gully Copse. 5.5 miles
We will leave the village hall for this circular walk and go along Galley Lane to Jockey Green. Then uphill past the remains of the kiln at Mirldown and on towards Burridge Heath. We will then turn in the direction of Shalbourne and after a short tarmac stretch head across a lovely wide open meadow in the valley, cross a small wooden bridge and continue through trees. Our way back is through similar terrain; woodland, fields, tree lined tracks and another small bridge to cross until we reach the hard surface of the bridleway at Burridge Heath from where it is downhill to Little Bedwyn and home by the canal.
No stiles, just the two narrow wooden bridges. Please bring a snack for a short stop on route. Dogs on leads please – sheep in the vicinity.
Froxfield, Cake Wood, Littlecote Estate
This 4.75 mile walk begins at the Pelican Inn car park in Froxfield at 11.00 am Park in the car park on the west side of the pub (the Marlborough side.
At the start and end of the walk we have to use a short section of pavement and cross the A4. There’s a steep flight of 21 steps up from the A4 and two stiles on route before we get to the edge Cake Wood. The middle section of the walk and a shorter section at the end are along a lane but there is a wide grass verge that can be walked on in places.
I hope you’ll agree that the splendid views as we return over the hills and back down to Froxfield are worth the inconvenience of the road sections
Please bring refreshments for yourself for a short refreshment break and allow 2.5 hours for the walk.
Chisbury and the Chapel. 5 miles
Our walk this month takes us from Great Bedwyn to visit St Martin’s chapel in Chisbury. A little redundant thatched chapel located on the edge of the Iron-age hill fort.
From the centre of the village, we’ll enter Chisbury woods at the top of Forest Hill and then emerge onto a lane leading through the village to the chapel. We’ll have a short refreshment break at the chapel so that walkers have time to look around and enjoy the view from there.
This 5 mile walk uses lanes for a good part of its length and so will avoid mud where possible, but it will inevitably be slippery in some in places at this time of year so come prepared. There is one stile which it may be possible to avoid if the field gate is still unlocked and there’s a flight of steps up and over the railway at Little Bedwyn but these can also be avoided if necessary.
Please bring refreshments for yourself and allow 2.25 hours for the walk so that we can stop for our break at the chapel. Dogs on leads please.
Sunday 15th December
In December we celebrate Christmas, the end of another successful year of walks and the 5th anniversary of our group with a short walk followed by drinks and refreshments at the village hall. The walk will be 2.5 miles to Little Bedwyn and back. The event is free and open to all. There will be a raffle, competition and mulled wine afterwards. Just contact if you’d like to come along firstname.lastname@example.org
We are travelling
further afield for this walk and visiting Collingbourne woods and Ludgershall
castle to enjoy a walk kindly being guided by members Kevin and Ros.
The 4 mile walk begins in Ludgershall, we’ll be walking around the fields of the old Royal Hunting Grounds and into the lovely peaceful Collingbourne Woods before emerging and returning to the 11th century castle ruins, a Royal hunting retreat, where it is possible to walk around the grass bank of the ramparts if you wish.
The tracks in the woods are hard surface but we’ll be walking some field edges too. There are no stiles and no steep hills. I’m afraid that on this occasion the walk is not suitable for dogs.
The walk starts in the centre of Ludgershall. Please contact for details of meeting point.
3.8 mile circular walk – Webb’s Gully & Castle Copse
Starting at Great Bedwyn village hall this walk takes us along tracks and through woods towards Burridge Heath, then we turn to come down the wooded Webb’s Gully and across the road to return through Castle Copse in Bedwyn Brail and back down across fields to Bedwyn.
This countryside route uses bridleways and footpaths for all of its length except for one road crossing and a very short road section at the end. The inclines are steady but not steep. There are no stiles, however the gully and bridleways are often muddy and slippery at this time of year so make sure that you have suitable footwear.
Non-members, children and dogs on leads are always welcome. Just come along to the start or send an email for more details: email@example.com
4.75 mile trail from Great Bedwyn village hall at 10.45am
Why not bring along a group of family or friends to make a team to complete this 4.75mile trail of clues and codes that will lead you along paths and tracks through the Bedwyn countryside?
This event is open to all. Assemble outside the Village Hall at 10.45am to collect your clues and to be briefed on your task. The trail begins promptly at 11.00am.
Max 6 adults per team @ £1.00 per adult. No charge for children but they must be in a team with a responsible adult. Same applies to dogs on leads! Please bring a pen or pencil, a drink and a snack to have along the way and lots of energy!
There will be a cash prize for the team to return in the shortest time, with all team members and the highest score. Another prize will be awarded to the next highest score regardless of time. In the event of a tie there will be a tie-breaker question. Every child completing the course will receive a small gift. The course will close and the event finish no later than 1.30pm back at the village hall for refreshments.
Please note: the course follows the canal towpath for part of its length and the route includes stiles, a flight of steps, road sections and crossings and a pedestrian railway line crossing. There will be stewards out on the course at check-points to keep you safely on course but walkers attend at their own risk and all children must be accompanied at all times and stay with their team.
If you don’t wish to compete, you are still most welcome to come along with us just to enjoy the walk. Further details on request from Judy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 mile circular walk to Little Bedwyn, Monk’s Lane, Chisbury
The route this month is from one of our most recent walk leaflets. It’s a 6 mile circular route from the centre of Great Bedwyn at 11.00 am to Little Bedwyn, then it heads along a bridleway over the hills from Little Bedwyn and drops down to the A4 road before heading back up another bridleway to Chisbury. These are two lovely peaceful country paths but to reach them we will have to walk a couple of sections along lanes, and briefly cross and re-cross the main A4 road.
There are no steep ascents but there are some steady long uphill sections. Bring refreshments with you and allow about 3 hours to complete the walk with rest stops. As some of these paths are little used there will certainly be nettles and long grass. Please keep yourselves covered and protected from tick and horsefly bites. There are 5 stiles – all on the homeward bound section. Livestock are in the vicinity so dogs on leads please, and we cross a couple of fields with horses.
If this walk sounds too much for you but you would like to join us for part of it, please contact me in advance (email Judy at email@example.com) and I’ll try to arrange a lift for you to join or leave the walk at a point to suit you.
Guided walk in the Brail woods
This walk will be accompanied by Richard Charles, the custodian of the Brails, and he’ll be taking us off the footpaths and into these private woods, to visit the site of this year’s archaeological investigations. Along the way we’ll stop at any veteran trees or other aspects of interest. Richard is hugely knowledgeable on the management and history of the Brails and his walks always promise plenty of interest.
The walk is open to non-members. If you’d like to come along please contact me in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll confirm your place, send you meeting point, parking details and other info. Be aware that the ground will be rough and uneven, especially near the dig. All walkers attend at their own risk.
5 mile circular walk from The Square, Ramsbury, Sun 23rd June
All welcome! Meet 11.00 am in The Square, Ramsbury, in front of The Bell (SN8 2PE). Bring drink and a snack for our refreshment stop. No stiles.
Parking is roadside in Back Lane which leads off the square. Please park with consideration for residents. Please allow time to park, so that the walk can start promptly at 11.00am from the Square.
We are walking to Littlecote along the Kennet valley and back over the hills through Littlecote Park in the company of Peter Gallagher, a Ramblers Association volunteer who many of you have met already on previous walks. He has kindly offered to lead this walk and we will have the opportunity to stop and visit the Roman villa at Littlecote.
The walk will end back at Ramsbury about 2.00 pm. The Bell or The Crown and Anchor in Ramsbury would be good places to visit afterwards if you are in need of refreshment or lunch!
Axford Open Gardens is on the same afternoon from 2.00pm so if you want to make a day of it in the area, head to the Jubilee field for parking and transport to the gardens. Tea and Cakes at Stone House.